Chobe National Park and the Savute area are renowned for great herds of elephant that come to drink and play along the sandy riverbanks of the Chobe River. Boat trips are a great way to get a view of the enormous herds. Elephants aside, the game viewing in Chobe is excellent with a wide variety of animals and birds. The Chobe River, near Kasane, is the only place in Botswana where puku are found, often in the company of lechwe and impala. Easily accessible from Victoria Falls, this park is Botswana's busiest destination. Our favorite camp in Chobe near Kasane is Chobe Game Lodge.

As mentioned above, one great advantage of this area of Chobe is that it is convenient to access from Livingstone or Victoria Falls making it an easy addition to time at the falls, even for just a day trip. The downside to this area is that in peak season (such as August) it can get quite crowded.

Savute, a more remote area of Chobe, is popular for spotting Botswana’s largest predators. We love Ghoha Hills, a very pretty property that is excellent value for money, as well as Savuti Camp and Savute Under Canvas.

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